Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Ligustrum lucidum  Glossy Privet, Chinese Privet
Family Oleeae
Genus Ligustrum  [li-GUS-trum]  L. name for privet, possibly from L. ligo to bind, the twigs having been used for tying
Species lucidum   bright or shining
Properties shrub
Ligustrum lucidum (broad-leaf privet, Chinese privet glossy privet, tree privet or wax-leaf privet) is a species of privet (Ligustrum genus), a flowering plant in the olive family, Oleaceae, native to the southern half of China and naturalized in many places: Spain, Italy, Algeria, Canary Islands, New Zealand, Lesotho, South Africa, Japan, Korea, Australia, Norfolk Island, Chiapas, Central America, Argentina, and the southern United States (California, Arizona, Maryland, and the southeast from Texas to North Carolina). The name "Chinese privet" is more frequently used for Ligustrum sinense. The Latin lucidum means bright or shiny, and refers to the glossy leaves.
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